Friday, December 25th, 2015

Michigan State Arrives at Classic

The Michigan State Spartans are in the house!

Coach Mark Dantonio and his No. 3 ranked Spartans touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Christmas afternoon to begin preparations for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on December 31.

The Spartans received an enthusiastic Texas welcome with a “Shower of Affection” from water cannons manned by members of the DFW Airport Fire Department. After being greeted by CBAA Chairman Dan Novakov, the team and athletic staff boarded buses for Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort, the Michigan State’s team headquarters for the week ahead.

Saturday’s schedule for the Spartans includes a 10:30 a.m., news conference, followed by their first practice of the week at 3:00 p.m., in AT&T Stadium, the site of Michigan State’s thrilling 42-41 come-from-behind victory over Baylor in the 2015 Classic.

Following Saturday’s practice, the Spartans will join the Alabama Crimson Tide for the Dallas Cowboys Team Welcome at AT&T Stadium.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic celebrates its 80th anniversary on New Year’s Eve while hosting its first College Football Playoff Semifinal. Airtime on ESPN is set for 7 p.m. CST, with kickoff slated for 7:10 p.m.

This marks the second year for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl to be a part of ESPN’s bowl lineup. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will provide the call from the booth with Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sideline.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic's national radio partner for the fourth consecutive year. Brad Sham, the "Voice of the Dallas Cowboys," teams with Danny Kanell in the booth and Ian Fitzsimmons on the sideline to describe all the action from AT&T Stadium. This is Sham's 19th consecutive year as the Classic's play-by-play voice and his 23rd overall.

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